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Sen. Jay Rockefeller: Climate science is ‘unequivocally true’

Cross-posted from the Wonk Room. Opposing Republican efforts to forbid climate regulations, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday that the science of human-made climate change is "unequivocally true." Rockefeller, a strong defender of his state's coal industry, spoke out on the Senate floor against an amendment submitted to a small business bill by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that would strip the Environmental Protection Agency of the ability to regulate greenhouse pollution. McConnell introduced the amendment, drafted by global warming denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), as Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) passed companion legislation out of the House energy committee with unanimous Republican …

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If Senate Dems ‘compromise’ with Rockefeller bill, EPA rules are screwed

Can Senate Democrats snatch a defeat from the jaws of victory? Yes, that was a rhetorical question. Politico has them bumbling around again, "scrambling" to react to an attack on EPA climate rules that has been telegraphed for months. I don't know how much of this is genuine fecklessness and how much is Politico's enduring love of portraying Dems as feckless, but either way, it's hard to discern much feck. The Upton-Inhofe bill, which would reverse EPA's scientific finding of endangerment for greenhouse gases -- and thereby permanently block EPA from addressing climate pollution -- sailed through the House Energy …

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House committee votes to deny climate change

Click for a larger version [PDF].Written with guest blogger Kristen Bartoloni, Researcher for Progress Central. Today, Republicans in the House energy committee voted not once, not twice, but three times [all PDFs], against amendments recognizing that climate change is real, despite the broad scientific consensus that "climate change is happening and human beings are a major reason for it." They then unanimously voted [PDF] in favor of the Upton-Inhofe bill to repeal the EPA's scientific endangerment finding on greenhouse pollution. The 31 Republicans and three Democrats who voted in favor of H.R. 910 have received a grand total of $343,750 from Koch Industries, an average of …

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Koch-funded group mounts cut-and-paste attack on regional climate initiatives

Fresh off last year's successful defeat of federal climate legislation in the U.S. Senate, the oil baron Koch brothers and their dirty-energy buddies are now bent on dismantling one of the nation's last hopes for doing anything about climate change in the near term: regional climate accords. Today, a total of 32 states are active participants or observing members in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in the Northeast, the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord, or the Western Climate Initiative. That number will get a lot smaller if the American Legislative Exchange Council -- a D.C.-based conservative advocacy organization funded by …

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Guess what else the GOP wants to cut? Tsunami monitoring!

Whatever, my kid can do that.Image: Pacific Tsunami Warning CenterIf we had any evidence that Republican House members were capable of feeling shame, we'd expect them to be so red right now. Mother Jones reports that one of the items on the GOP's budgetary chopping block is ... tsunami monitoring. Last month, they voted to hack out nearly a third of the funding for the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which (go figure) warns about tsunamis in the Pacific: In February, the union representing the National Weather Service warned that the Republican cuts could place the residents of Hawaii in mortal …

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During climate hearing, Markey asks if anti-science GOP will repeal gravity

Cross-posted from the Wonk Room. With sardonic humor, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) mocked today's markup of legislation to overturn the scientific finding that fossil-fuel pollution is causing dangerous climate change. Markey, who championed climate legislation that passed the House of Representatives in 2009, protested the energy subcommittee's consideration of the Upton-Inhofe bill to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's rules on climate pollution, including its endangerment finding: Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet. However, I won't physically rise, because I'm worried that Republicans will …

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The Climate Post: While Congress debates climate science, China and Europe move ahead

This picture is out of date. The race begun long ago, but the guy on the right is still pacing around trying to decide whether he should start.Republicans are far more skeptical of "global warming" than of "climate change," a study led by a University of Michigan psychologist found. Among Democrats, on the other hand, about 85 percent believe the planet is getting hotter and weather getting weirder, no matter which label you use. Meanwhile, in the U.S. Congress, hearings continued about a bill to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the environment -- specifically, "from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking …

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Fred Upton pursues EPA down the rabbit hole

In what will mark the first vote on Republican efforts to prevent EPA from reducing climate pollution, a House Energy subcommittee is expected today to take up legislation from Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.). [See update at the bottom of post.] Their bill would amend the Clean Air Act to forbid consideration of CO2 or other greenhouse gases. Alice meets the cosponsors.For Congress to intervene in the scientific determinations of a public health agency is, as far as I know, unprecedented. You might think there would be urgent and compelling reasons for politicians to support such …

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People said stuff, reports New York Times’ John Broder

[See update at bottom.] Steve on climate change: "Just givitame straight!" In New York City last week, I found myself in a cab driven by a burly, jovial local named Steve. He's a jazz bassist and a vegetarian who recycles and composts, but is conservative in his politics, distrustful of government and anything associated with it. I asked about his general thoughts on climate change and his answer was absolutely fascinating. He started off tentatively, glancing at me as though I were going to judge him, but when I didn't he got rolling and ended up going on for a …

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75 percent of NPR ‘clean energy’ panel has cashed polluter paychecks

You don't have to been on Big Oil's payroll to be on National Public Radio's (NPR) clean energy panel, but it sure helps! I got a chance to watch the taping of this week's Intelligence Squared debate on clean energy, to air on NPR. The debate's sponsors sent up red flags right away: The American Clean Skies Foundation, a natural gas industry front group The Rosenkrantz Foundation, which in part funds the Cato Institute, cofounded by legendary polluter Charles Koch The Ohrstrom Foundation, chaired by Gerry Ohrstrom, who Sourcewatch reports is also the director of several organizations that fight regulations on polluters …